I needed a bit of a hiatus there after an intense fall. I’m still waiting for my new desktop (fried by a lightning strike in September) so I’m muddling through on the laptop. I wish Erie was faster about paying claims!
Nancy Pelosi survived a threat from Blue Dog Dems including Jason Altmire yesterday to win her post as Minority Leader 135-40. This is why the Blue Dogs were decimated in the election: they aren’t actual Democrats.
There’s tons of buzz about Dwight Evans’ fall from power in Harrisburg. His arrogance, hubris and obstructionism on key bills hammered home his ruthless use of his power and that was his downfall. The former Democratic leadership team is now gone and no one is crying the blues. Many real, actual reformers lost their seats because that team blocked all their efforts at reform and real progress for Pennsylvania. The approval of those libraries for Murtha and Specter cost them the majority because they refused to stand up to the Governor. The GOP hammered away relentlessly at that pork. He deserved to be replaced.
Fox News is targeting George Soros because he finally contributed money to Media Matters. Fox has accused him of doing so for years untruthfully and now is attempting to make him into the devil. Glenn Beck has accused the Jewish survivor of WWII of helping send Jews to the death camps. Smears don’t come any lower than this but then, this is Glenn Beck.
As more and more Americans fall into poverty the numbers of them having trouble feeding themselves is climbing alarmingly. Now imagine if Congress refuses to extend unemployment past Nov. 30th? Since they ran against the deficit and unemployment benefits they’re between a rock and a hard place. Knocking these people off the rolls and onto welfare doesn’t save much and hurts the economy. The ripple effect of government spending stimulates economic activity, every $1 results in $1.42 in economic activity. This means more small businesses will see lower revenues.
I’m astounded at the ignorance and stupidity of those who seek to lead this country. If you don’t know basic economics go take a course.
Medicare Part D premiums are rising 20-40% next year according to this article in today’s PG. Regular health care costs also continue their spectacular increases. One of my primary objections to HCR was the lack of cost containment provisions and we’re witnessing that at the end of the year.
A New Hampshire school board member and Vietnam veteran tried indoctrinating a class of children by claiming progressivism and liberalism are evil companions of socialism and communism. Such brainwashing by the president of a school board is outrageous. Didn’t Republicans raise a furious clamor when Obama made just a motivational speech to kids last year that was completely apolitical? The constant progression of their own sins onto the opposition makes one wonder if Republicans are mentally ill.
Sarah Palin thinks she can beat Obama in 2012. Of course she thinks she’s intelligent, can see Russia from her porch and that abstinence is good for other people but not her own family too. This woman is delusional. Make my day, run Sarah run.
Charlie Rangel gets his punishment meted out by the House of Representatives today. The Congressman broke basic rules and should be punished. I rail against Republicans who do these things so justice needs to be equal. He left his trial claiming he hadn’t had time to get a lawyer. How many months does that require Charlie? I love the guy but he did wrong.
Pennsylvania’s Adult Basic is about to expire. This throws more people on to the rolls of the uninsured, that total is currently 59 million and still growing.
Felon Bob Asher is co Chair of Tom Corporate’s inaugural committee. He’s one of the AG’s top funders. The other co-chair is from the gas drilling industry. A sneak peek at the next four years? I’ll, at least, have lots of corruption on which to report.
The media is all atwitter about the new TSA pat downs. I won’t mind them if I can choose my molester, I want a cute one.